How to Stay Car-free This Winter

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Going car-less isn’t usually too big a hassle during warmer months. Especially if you live in a larger city with access to public transport. It can be daunting, however, to trudge through the streets on foot once temperatures drop. If you live in a region that receives extreme bouts of cold in the winter, and have mass transportation available to you, by all means use it. If this isn’t the case, and you must – either by preference or necessity – rely on cycling and walking this winter, then the following may be of use. More so if you are… read more

Organic Diesel Is Here To Stay

Organic Diesel is Here To Stay

In the current race for alternate fuels, a new contender has joined up. After staying in the shadows for the past few decades, this contender has recently gained enough popularity & fame due to its ease of production and as a probable contender to replace the current diesel. The Organic-diesel (or popularly known as Biodiesel) can be used as an organic alternative to the conventional diesel, which is being used in most of our heavy machinery. While, in some engines this fuel can be directly used as an alternative to diesel, in others, it needs to be blended with the… read more

Smart Wheel Turns Any Bike into an Electric Bike

Smart Wheel Turns Any Bike into an Electric Bike

Make the most of your time and energy while riding your bike with the addition of a pedal-assist electric motor, which can be installed as easily as mounting a wheel. The FlyKly Smart Wheel can turn any bicycle into an electric bike, by taking the place of the rear wheel and offering a speed boost while reducing the energy needed to propel the bike through the streets. “Move through busy city streets in no time and spare your energy with the help of Smart Wheel, a pedal assist that encases an ultra-thin electric motor and intelligent electronics within a robust… read more

Driving Options For All

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For most wheelchair users a modified vehicle costing up to $80,000 is their only option. Such financial challenges have barred many wheelchair users from driving a car at all, and eco-friendly transport was surely out of the question. Then along came the Kenguru, the first low-speed electric vehicle designed specifically for wheelchair users. The Kenguru (pronounced “kangaroo”) can accommodate one passenger seated in his or her wheelchair for a range of up to 60 miles. The Kenguru has only a single door to the rear of the vehicle for direct wheelchair access. It’s opened by remote control. Inside the driver… read more

Electric Sidecar Motorcycle Sets New Speed Record

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The folks behind one of the fastest electric motorcycles in the world, the KillaCycle, have just set another land speed record, this time in their modified sidecar motorcycle, the KillaJoule, earning them the title of the “world’s fastest electric sidecar motorcycle”. Bill Dube and Eva Håkansson’s KillaCycle is said to be the quickest electric motorcycle in the world, boasting over 500 horsepower, and having the capability of going from 0-60 mph in less than one second and a quarter-mile top speed of just over 174 mph. Eva’s KillaJoule, however, is quite another beast entirely, as it’s technically a “sidecar” version,… read more

Motor Oil Moving On

Motor Oil Moving On

In Swaziland, as in many countries in Africa, it is not unusual for car owners to service their own cars. However, many people still dispose of used motor oil in an environmentally irresponsible manner. In Swaziland we do not have waste facilities for hazardous products, nor do we have used-oil collectors such as in neighbouring South Africa. The result is that used oil is dumped, into landfill, or onto open ground. Oil is known to have numerous adverse effects when dumped in water or land. Some other uninformed methods of disposal of motor oil is rubbing it on timber as a repellent for… read more

The Phyto Kinetic Bus Offers A Green Ride

The Phyto Kinetic Bus Offers A Green Ride

Riding the city bus may soon have an added visual perk. This  ride certainly has bystanders taking a second look. Complete with its own ecosystem, this living roof design is courtesy of landscape artist Marc Grañén. According to the artist the Phyto Kinetic bus design is a practical way to utilize unexpected but effectual places for garden plots. Making use of the natural photosynthesis process and noting the importance of  purifying the airspace, especially in highly polluted inner cities where there are often more concrete landscapes than green ones, mobile gardens are a unique solution. Here’s how the story began: Check out… read more

Instant Public Parks from Human-Powered Mobile Gardens

Instant Public Parks from Human-Powered Mobile Gardens

Modular, mobile, and human-powered, Parkcycles can help reclaim little pieces of the city for public use. And when a group of them gather together, they can quickly create a much bigger public space, in the form of a Parkcycle Swarm. In an attempt to empower people to influence their local urban environments by building more people-friendly spaces that can change the way we think about city streets, N55 has built on their open source XYZ Spaceframe Vehicles and dared to give city inhabitants a “real and meaningful influence on the form and function of their city.” “The PARKCYCLE SWARM is… read more

Nomadic Station Will Uncover Mysteries of the Ocean

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Ninety-five percent of the ocean remains unexplored, despite accounting for over 70% of the earth’s surface. Due to the ocean’s mysterious nature, some have gone as far to say humankind knows more about outer-space than aquatic life. While this is clearly unfounded, and our understanding of the universe largely underdeveloped and ever-changing, our future may well be sealed in the abyss, physically encompassing and yet evasive to even the elite of enlightened thinkers and scholars. On a conquest to equip scientists with a vessel to facilitate advanced exploration of oceanic bodies, Jacques Rougerie conceived plans for the SeaOrbiter, which could… read more

Airfoil Ship Could Cut Emissions by 80%

Airfoil Ship Could Cut Emissions by 80%

The design of a merchant ship with a hull shaped like an airfoil, which can “pull” itself through the ocean using just the power of the wind, is said to be capable of reducing fuel consumption by 60% and reducing emissions by 80%, and could herald a coming age of sustainable sea transport. The Vindskip concept, from Lade AS, is a break from traditional large vessel design, and hinges on the effect of relative wind on the ship, which is usually a factor in designing airplanes and sailboats, not merchant vessels. But the designers behind the Vindskip, who recently patented… read more